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Old 14th October 2018, 14:49   #31
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Mod 10 : Remap (Update)
Good to see that Wolf Moto is very supportive. I have also tried many maps from Rajiv and did not have to pay anything extra .

I am planning to get a new map with more top end. I don't mind pushing the car to it's limits. As of now my car is doing 0-100 in 7.87 seconds ,Yes very close to BMW 320D!
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Old 16th August 2019, 15:16   #32
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Dixcel ES Front Brake Pads Update : Extreme damage in just 15,xxx kms!

After hearing good reviews about Dixcel Japan, I decided to give them a try. The buying experience from the Indian distributor was good. Since the car had done only ~23k kms at the time of the upgrade, I had the rotors resurfaced, instead of going for new rotors and made sure the pads were properly run in. Compared to OE, these pads provided much better braking and brake fade was considerably less. After getting my positive feedback, a good friend bought the same for his S-Cross 1.6. More on that later.

Post around 15k kms, I felt the braking wasn't as good as it used to be and I suspected the rotors. Soon, I got the pads and rotors checked and was shocked to see the condition of the pads. One pad had crumbled and there were uneven wear on the others. The pads lasted only for ~15k kms.

The rotors had deep grooves on them. The pads were aggressive on the stock rotors, which is acceptable, as it was mentioned by Dixcel in advance. Plus I don't think stock rotors coming in the car are of the best quality.

I took pictures and forwarded them to the folks at Dixcel India. They were also shocked to see the condition of the pads. According to them, this was a one-off case and said they'll get in touch with Dixcel Japan and revert, to which I agreed.

After some delay, they got back to me and the response from Dixcel Japan was limited and not justifying. It was mentioned that the damages were due to hard and rough braking. I pamper my car and I know that the pads shouldn't fail so fast by the way I drive! I go easy on the brakes and use more engine braking to slow down. The car has never been used in any motorsport or on the track. As per Dixcel India, there are track cars running on ES pads, which are prone to more hard, aggressive braking and haven't faced any issues.

The authorized Indian dealer has agreed to take the matter seriously with Dixcel Japan and try to get a set of replacement pads, if possible. But I don't think Dixcel Japan has been able to come up with a solution for it yet.

Coming to my friend's case, he's a spirited driver. From the ES pads, he later upgraded to Dixcel slotted rotors and the more expensive Dixcel M Type pads. The M Type pads were done in just 2.5k kms. As per mentioned on the Dixcel brochure, M Type Pads have more life than ES. The response from Dixcel for the very low life of these pads was unsatisfactory too!

I invested extra money on the pads as I felt the car could use better stopping power and it would add to the safety. If I hadn't checked and was still running on the worn out and crumbled pads, there could have been a brake failure!!!

I wish Dixcel Japan made concrete measures to address my problem and improve the customer support to India.


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Dixcel ES Front Brake Pads Update : Extreme damage in just within 15,xxx kms!
It's shocking to see the condition of your brake pads. Extra Speed pads are advertised for fast road use.

My overall experience with Dixcel was just average. The Indian dealer ( AM Racing ) keeps on assuring that he will take it up with Dixcel and nothing much happens. The premium M type pads were done in just 2500 kms in my car, the pads for sure were defective. Dixcel Japan reply was just hilarious. Quoting the same.

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We say M type is like White leather shoes, Z is running shoes and ES maybe sneakers. Leather shoes cost some money but not for running or jumping, for driving cleanly and gently.


If their pads are like leather shoes, why advertise them for performance / high speed braking ?

I do lot of high speed braking, so I do not blame the low life of brake pads. But there were multiple issues like shim cover melting, cracks on pad, high dust, abnormal noise etc. Not sure if they are selling JDM reject parts / poor quality stuff in India.

I have tried Dixcel slotted rotors, M type , ES type and EC type. I am happy with the rotors, but the pads are below average in terms of quality. I would never recommend Dixcel pads to anyone.

Dixcel even offers limited warranty, but they won't even replace the defective products. Poor customer support indeed.
Pandamonium : My modified S-Cross 1.6-img_20190816_180759.jpg

I had already posted about my experience with Dixcel products in my ownership thread. Presently I am using EBC pads and they are much better .

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Old 16th August 2019, 22:16   #34
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If their pads are like leather shoes, why advertise them for performance / high speed braking ?
Exactly my concern.

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I do lot of high speed braking, so I do not blame the low life of brake pads.
True, but it shouldn't get over in just 2.5k kms!

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I have tried Dixcel slotted rotors, M type , ES type and EC type. I am happy with the rotors, but the pads are below average in terms of quality.
I was planning to go for M/Z-Type pads as the next upgrade, with better rotors, after noticing the initial improvement in braking. Seeing the conditions of the pads and poor support from Dixcel Japan, I think it would be wise to consider other options.

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Dixcel even offers limited warranty, but they won't even replace the defective products. Poor customer support indeed.
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I just came to know about it! Anyway, I don't have the confidence to use their products again.
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Mod 11 : Steering Wrap


My car is less than 3 years old and the leather(?) steering wrap had already started to peel off! Couple of other S-Cross owners have also faced the same issue. More on that has been covered by Dr.Naren in the following thread :
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techn...-steering.html (Maruti S-Cross : Poor quality leather wrapped steering!)

Few of us affected owners got custom steering wrap from AliExpress. The buying experience was good and I got the product in 2 weeks.


How I had it customized :

Perforated Leather : I hold the steering at 9 & 3 position. Also, my palms tend to sweat a lot on long drives. So figured perforated would be ideal here. It is nice to hold and has decent grip.

Suede Leather : Suede was chosen for the remaining part, where I usually don't hold the steering. Extra care needs to be taken, as it can easily get dirty! It looks really good and has good grip.

Thread : Dark grey thread was chosen.


Installation :

All the materials required for installation were provided, along with the wrap.

The stock steering leather was retained and the customized leather was wrapped on it, as instructed by the seller. Installation was done in less than 2 hours, at Galaxy Kochi and the final result turned out to be great!


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The stock steering leather was retained and the customized leather was wrapped on it, as instructed by the seller. Installation was done in less than 2 hours, at Galaxy Kochi and the final result turned out to be great!
Your steering looks fantastic!
Did you procure the leather on your own and get it installed in Cochin or did you buy the leather as well from Galaxy? How much was the cost in total?
I have been thinking about getting my steering wrapped and looking for options.
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Your steering looks fantastic!
Did you procure the leather on your own and get it installed in Cochin or did you buy the leather as well from Galaxy? How much was the cost in total?
I have been thinking about getting my steering wrapped and looking for options.

I bought the leather, on my own, from AliExpress and had it installed at Galaxy.

The link to the product : https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3291...28854c4dlkY92d
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Mod 12 : D5S Headlight Bulb Upgrade


The stock headlight output of the pre-FL S-Cross Alpha variant is extremely poor, thanks to it's projector design with 25W bulbs. I was looking for an upgrade ever since I bought the car!


Possible upgrade options :

1) Projector and Bulb : Morimoto D2S 5.0 Projector, with better bulb, is the best upgrade IMO. A S-Cross owner has carried out this mod by himself and the output is amazing.

The link to the detailed DIY S-Cross projector upgrade thread :
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/diy-d...bi-xenons.html (DIY: S-Cross Headlight Upgrade to Morimoto Mini D2S Stage III Bi-Xenons)

I eventually will be going for this. Was considering other options, due to limited budget.

2) Bulb : Upgraded bulb would only make around 30% difference because of the stock projector design. Also, D5S has very limited options and Morimoto 35W bulb is the best option available at the moment. They were quite expensive and I didn't want to invest so much on bulbs alone, without upgrading the projectors.

Few weeks back, I came across a 35W D5S option on AliExpress, with good reviews. It fell in the budget I had in mind, hence decided to try these out and ordered a pair of 5500K bulbs. Attaching the link to it below :

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3291...28ec4c4dFdkZkP


Pandamonium : My modified S-Cross 1.6-box.jpg
The difference in output isn't as much as advertised on the box, but definitely better than stock

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35W D5S (left) & Stock Philips 25W D5S (Right)

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Dim : 35W D5S (left) & Stock Philips 25W D5S (Right)

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Bright : 35W D5S (left) & Stock Philips 25W D5S (Right)

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How are the 35W D5S bulbs holding up?
I bought the same and awaiting delivery. Hope they will perform better than the OEM Philips ones.
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How are the 35W D5S bulbs holding up?
I bought the same and awaiting delivery. Hope they will perform better than the OEM Philips ones.

They're holding up well, so far.

Yes, they're better than the OE ones. That said, please don't expect major difference. The throw is more or less the same as stock, but brighter.
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Thanks. The bulbs arrived and as you said, it's slightly brighter. I ordered them in 4300k and I could feel it's worth in the rains.
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It's been long since I've updated this thread. I've further added to the performance, which has already been covered by BHPian Dr.Naren in another thread.

The stock S-Cross 1.6 DDiS intake end pipe sits just above the radiator. I had it re-routed, few years back.

I approached BHPian swiftboost for advice regarding the intercooler plumbing on my car (it was revised elsewhere during intercooler upgrade); I felt the design could be made better. He heard me out and was happy to help.

When I got the car, I was completely amazed by the quality of his work, ideas and also had an unexpected surprise. He also worked on my already revised intake and made it better without any shape transition (previously had circular to rectangular transition). The new intake channel looks just like an OEM product!!!

The car drives much better now and the engine bay looks like the car doesn't have any performance upgrades done! This is exactly what I wanted

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The perfect key-chain
Just stumbled on this thread & sharing the coincidence or a perfectly apt keychain made for this wonderful car?
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